Made-for-anequatorial-climate clothes that protect us from mozzies and UV rays; and Michael Kors’ Graffiti Collection.
Online store Sol Searching Brazil (www. sol searching brazil. com) has a thing for Brazilian brands – which are not only made for our equatorial climate, but defend against it too. “Our primary focus is on innovative apparel that has gone through vigorous tests and certifications to protect against the region’s harmful UV rays and mosquitoes,” says co-founder Jeremy Lim. The star is H.Sun, which specialises in lightweight fabrics with the highest possible ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) 50+, which blocks out 98 per cent of both UVA and UVB rays. They have also been treated with a repellent – certified by WHO – that keeps the Aedes mosquito away, yet is non-toxic to human skin. Made into tees, hats and caps, the UPF50+ is permanent, while insect repellency will last 40 washes if proper wash instructions are followed.
Swimwear brand La Playa – one of the labels carried by Sol Searching – is known for its fun, risque designs and bold prints.